Amaranthe

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Amaranthe
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Amaranthe performing at the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, 2013.
Background information
Origin Gothenburg, Sweden
Genres Power metal, melodic death metal
Years active 2009–present
Labels Spinefarm Records, Universal
Associated acts Dragonland, Nightrage, Kamelot
Website www.amaranthe.se
Members Elize Ryd
Jake E
Olof Mörck
Morten Løwe Sørensen
Johan Andreassen
Henrik Englund
Past members Andreas Solveström

Amaranthe is a Swedish band that fuses melodic death metal with pop melodies.[1]

History[edit]

Formed by Jake E (Dreamland, Dream Evil) and Olof Mörck (Dragonland, Nightrage), the project began taking shape when singers Elize Ryd (toured with Kamelot) and Andreas Solveström (Cipher System, Within Y) signed on, as did drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (The Cleansing, Koldborn, Mercenary). Bassist Johan Andreassen (Engel) joined after the photoshoot for the Leave Everything Behind demo but before the recording of the first album Amaranthe.

In May 2009, the band was forced to change their name from Avalanche due to legal issues.[2] They later released their first demo, Leave Everything Behind.

The band's debut album, Amaranthe, was released in April 2011 and reached a peak position of 35th on Swedish charts and 16th on Finnish Charts.[3][4] The album received mixed reviews, with reviewers tending to either love it[5] or hate it.[6]

Their second album, The Nexus, was released in March 2013.[7] Guitarist Olof Mörck described the album as having greater contrasts, a more controversial mix of genres, and featuring more creative freedoms than Amaranthe.[8] According to Olof, the band "took everything [up] to eleven" in the new album.[8] The album reached 6th on Swedish charts,[3] 4th on Finnish charts,[4] and reached a peak of 12th on the US Heatseekers charts.[9]

In October 2013, harsh vocalist Solveström left the band and was replaced by Henrik Englund (Scarpoint).[7]

Their third album is scheduled for a release in late 2014.

Musical Style[edit]

Amaranthe's music is generally considered a mixture of European power metal and melodic death metal,[10][11][12][13][14] though it has also been described as containing elements of pop music,[10] metalcore,[15][16] and even eurodance.[11] Lead singer Elize Ryd acknowledges the difficulties in trying to ascribe their music to one specific genre and describes Amaranthe's sound as "dance-metal with a taste of death and modern/melodic metal," though she admits that, unlike death metal, their focus is on "positive energy" and "open[ing] up minds [and] give[ing] passion, strength and love."[17] Amaranthe's slick, processed sound has earned the ire of certain portions of metal fandom, with some going so far as to say that Amaranthe is "not metal" with it being more akin to "techno dance beats done in metal form."[6]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album
2011 "Hunger"[22] Patric Ullaeus Amaranthe
"Amaranthine"[23]
2012 "1.000.000 Lightyears"[24] Johan Carlén
2013 "The Nexus"[25] Patric Ullaeus The Nexus
"Burn with Me"[26]
"Invincible"[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ dhancock1255. "AMARANTHE Confirms Release of Brand New Studio Album". Pittsburgh Music Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  2. ^ "AVALANCHE Changes Name To AMARANTHE". May 20, 2009. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "AMARANTHE". Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  4. ^ a b c "AMARANTHE". Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Amaranthe - Amaranthe". Jukebox: Metal. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  6. ^ a b "Amaranthe – Amaranthe Review". Angry Metal Guy. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  7. ^ a b "Amaranthe | The Official Website". Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: AMARANTHE". Rock Revolt Magazine. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  9. ^ "Amaranthe - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  10. ^ a b "A sexy kind of metal, so to speak.". Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives. 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  11. ^ a b "Amaranthe Review". UltimateGuitar. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  12. ^ "Amaranthe – Amaranthe". sputnik music. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  13. ^ "Band: Amaranthe". Librarius Metallicus. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  14. ^ "Amaranthe Discography". Metal Kingdom. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  15. ^ "Amaranthe: Perfecting Pop". The Metal Advisor. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  16. ^ "Like a melodicore deathsicle". Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives. 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  17. ^ "Elize Ryd – Amaranthe". Femme Metal Webzine. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  18. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  19. ^ "Amaranthe - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  20. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  21. ^ April 3, 2013 (2013-04-03). "Amaranthe: 'The Nexus' First Week Sales Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  22. ^ March 1, 2011 (2011-03-01). "Amaranthe: 'Hunger' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  23. ^ September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27). "Amaranthe: 'Amaranthine' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  24. ^ May 21, 2012 (2012-05-21). "Amaranthe: '1.000.000 Lightyears' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  25. ^ March 15, 2013 (2013-03-15). "Amaranthe: Entire New Album Available For Streaming". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  26. ^ June 17, 2013 (2013-06-17). "Amaranthe: 'Burn With Me' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  27. ^ November 26, 2013 (2013-11-26). "Amaranthe: 'Invincible' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 

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